Branford, CT (January 30, 2014)-  The newly renovated I-95 Branford Southbound Service Plaza will open on Friday, January 31 at 12:00 p.m. This plaza is the 14th of 23 Connecticut highway service plazas to be completely renovated. Project Service LLC, which has a 35-year contract with the state to renovate and operate the service plazas, started the renovation work in Branford on September 4, 2012.

The 23 service plazas are open 24 hours a day, and offer a variety of food options, including Subway, McDonald’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts, Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon and others. The Branford Southbound plaza includes Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, an Alltown Convenience Store, and an ExxonMobil gas station. Auntie Annie’s will be opening at the plaza soon.

Branford Southbound, as well as all the other plazas that have been or will be renovated, has a series of “green” features. The service plaza will qualify to operate to “Silver LEED” standards.  The Branford facility will utilize photovoltaic solar panels, which decreases its dependence on traditional power sources. Each service plaza will also have facilities for single-stream recycling and idle-reduction technology for tractor-trailers. Other environmentally conscious features include water-efficient rest rooms, energy-efficient insulation and lighting, state-of-the-art and super-efficient heating and air conditioning units.

“Our Connecticut Services Plazas team is excited to provide great food choices, clean restrooms, fuel and convenience to the large number of travelers who pass through the Branford area,” said Paul Landino, President and CEO of Project Service. “We have completed more than half of the service plazas so far, and look forward to continuing to serve those traveling on Connecticut’s highways as we work to renovate the remaining service plazas in the state.”

The next service plaza to open is the Greenwich SB Plaza on the Merritt Parkway.

 

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